UK Gambling Commission has revealed Gambling Behaviour in Great Britainsurvey, which the problem gambling is on the rise in the country and has increased by 0.2%.
The media went berserk, and different media houses reported figures without noting the actual data for the prevalence of problem gambling among the population of 54 million (UK citizens over 16) was around 430,000.
According to the reports from Guardian, more than 2 million people in the UK are either problem gamblers or are at a risk of addiction. The Sun chose a rather frenzied headline that said, “More than 2 Million People May Be Problem Gamblers.”
Undoubtedly the problem gambling is a serious matter and with the study conducted by the UKGC, analysing gambling habits of UK citizens who are 16 and above found that there was a rise of the percentage of problem gamblers from 0.6 % to 0.8% since its last survey conducted in 2012.
The marginal increase of 0.2 %, however, lies well within the error range of the study, which surveyed a sample size of 15000 people.
Though there has been a rise in the rate of problem gambling, it is relatively small, and the problem in general remains, but as per the UKGC it is “statistically stable.” If compared to the other countries, the gambling rates in the UK remain relatively small, despite the vast variety of options available in the market.
On the contrary, the number of people who are under the risk of problem gambling has actually gone down from 4.2 % to 3.9 % since 2012.